The Best of the Beast, April 7-April 13

Our favorite stories for your weekend reading list.

Thank God It Wasn’t Guns

By Michael Daly

Twenty-one were stabbed in a Pennsylvania school rampage this week, but all are expected to live—and one even took a selfie. Think how different the toll would have been with bullets.

Telling My Family I’m Going Back

By Nick Willard

Before he leaves on another deployment to Afghanistan, a military officer has to break the news to his family.

Is TV’s Fargo As Bloody Good As the Coen Bros. Movie?

By Kevin Fallon

Menacing and suspenseful with surprising notes of satire and pulpy violence, FX’s ‘Fargo’ is most certainly not a pale imitation of the Coens’ gruesome dark comedy.

What Plantation is Jim Demint Living On?

By Michael Tomasky

The Heritage Foundation chief’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.

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My Secret Struggle With Asperger’s

By Susan Boyle

The best-selling singer and Britain’s Got Talent alum writes about her battle with the disorder. Her documentary Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle airs Wednesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Ovation.

The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

By Caitlin Dickson

One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

Which Stephen Colbert Will We See on CBS?

By Tim Teeman

Fans are worried that Stephen Colbert will lose his edge after he takes over from David Letterman on CBS’s The Late Show. But the competition between him, and Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel could refresh the stale landscape of late night.

Al Sharpton: I’m No Snitch

By Lloyd Grove

The reverend tells The Daily Beast he never ratted out the Mafia to the FBI, but The Smoking Gun, which made the charges, is sticking to its story.

American Jihadist Dies of Overdose

By Anna Therese Day

The Eric Harroun I knew wanted to fight for justice in Syria, but went into combat alongside Al Qaeda. The United States jailed him as a potential terrorist, and now he has died.

Don’t Remember Barbara Walters By The View

By Tim Teeman

Barbara Walters is a broadcasting doyenne, interviewer of greats, shatterer of glass ceilings. But the daily screechfest of The View is not the best vehicle for her with which to say goodbye.